Improving road safety for the dairy industry

Work has begun on a new training program to improve road safety in the dairy industry.

Transport and logistics specialist insurer National Transport Insurance has received Federal Government funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative to develop and deliver ‘Spilt Milk: A national crash reduction program for the dairy industry’ during the next two years.

National Transport Insurance’s Staci Clark said NTI would work with experts and those involved in transport for the dairy industry to develop and test training programs, resources and workshops.

“The goal is to reduce dairy tanker rollovers and improve road safety by working with drivers, fleet managers and maintenance consignors,” Ms Clark said.

The Australian dairy industry produces $4.4 billion of milk each year.

NTI data shows on average dairy tankers are 2.4 times more likely to be involved in a major crash than other freight transport. That’s the equivalent of one in 17 dairy tankers compared to one in 41 other heavy vehicles.

Ms Clark said a similar education program in Victoria’s forestry industry resulted in a 65 per cent reduction in rollovers from 29 in a year to FY20 being rollover free.

“For the dairy industry it is about improving road safety and protecting the environment because dairy tanker crashes not only put drivers and road users at risk, but can cause milk and diesel spills,” she said.

“Keeping Australian industry moving toward a safer and more sustainable future is our priority and this program is another example of NTI working with industry to achieve that.”

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